Tag Archives: Retcons

Spider-Man and the Sausage Factory

A common complaint regarding stories in which characters come back from the dead—or marriages are erased by alien demons—is that as a result of the transparent nature of that retcon, many fans will have a greater awareness about which stories … Continue reading

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Green Lantern Rebirth VS One More Day

Comparison of Spider-Man’s One More Day and Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern Rebirth. Continue reading

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Spider-Man, Death and Divorce

If you accept the possibility that the marriage was a problem for the Spider‑Man books in some way, there is the legitimate question of why a magic retcon of any sorts was necessary at all. In a society where the … Continue reading

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The Temporary Spider-Man

A few comparisons were made between character progression in the Spider‑Man comics, and how protagonists changed in various movies and books. I thought this was a flawed example, because the Spider‑Man books represent a serial drama, which has lasted for … Continue reading

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The Commitment to Change

If the current direction is an illusion of change approach in which writers and editors aren’t beholden to the series as a clear linear narrative, an alternative would be a commitment to change, in which major developments were not contradicted … Continue reading

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Minor Complaints About OMD

Last time, I suggested that whether One More Day was a good story or not didn’t matter all that much. So it seems like an appropriate time to address other minor complaints about the storyline, and the changes to the characters. … Continue reading

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Does One More Day Scare Away Spider-Man Writers?

In any serialized medium, new writers will have to figure out ways to navigate the complex histories of the characters. At CBR, there was a discussion about whether potential Spider-Man writers might be discouraged by One More Day and what it … Continue reading

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It’s Magic, We Don’t Have to Explain It

JMS’s big disagreement with Joe Quesada over the end of One More Day was about whether it made sense from a narrative perspective to try to preserve as much of the backstory as possible post-OMD. He summed up Marvel’s position as … Continue reading

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Sins Past and One More Day

“The Night Gwen Stacy Died” is probably the best regarded Spider-Man story ever. It’s a defining point in comic book history, arguably marking either the end of the Silver Age or the beginning of the subsequent bronze age, depending on how … Continue reading

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Parallel Lives and Retcons

One of the biggest differences between what I guessed would happen in One More Day and what actually happened was that Joe Quesada kept the events of the Spider-Man graphic novel “Parallel Lives” largely intact. This included a major revelation … Continue reading

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